When President Donald Trump recently signed executive orders authorizing the completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline projects, he proudly stated that he would like to see American steel used for those and future pipeline projects that would carry American oil.
As the mainstream media have a tendency to do, they falsely interpreted Trump’s remarks as being a specific and binding requirement for all pipeline projects, including Keystone and Dakota Access, and gleefully crowed when it came to light that those projects would not be required to use American-made steel after all.
“The requirement to use domestic steel posed a potential conflict between the administration’s populist agenda and its pro-business stance,” the Los Angeles Times wrote, snarkily adding, “Apparently, business won.”
Politico also pressed the news that the Keystone XL project would be exempt from any requirement to use American steel in its construction, though they at least noted that the “requirement” of the order only applied to “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipelines” inside the U.S. “to the maximum extent possible,” meaning it was understood there would be occasions when the use of American steel would be unlikely or impossible.
The Hill explained that, all rhetoric from Trump aside, the actual language of the executive order to the Commerce Department authorizing the pipeline construction was more of a guiding request than an official requirement to American steel in future new construction or repair projects, a common-sense notion echoed by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“Well, the way that executive order is written … it’s specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired,” Sanders told reporters Friday. “And since this one is already currently under construction, the steel is already literally sitting there, it would be hard to go back.”
Indeed, the company building the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada, has already purchased all the steel it will need to complete the project, and requiring it to replace that steel with American-manufactured products would be excessively expensive.
Once again we see the mainstream media ignore common sense and reality to perpetuate a false narrative that suits their agenda of smearing and denigrating Trump at every turn, gleefully rejoicing at anything that even resembles a change from what they think Trump’s intentions are.
And once again, they were wrong. More “fake news.”
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